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Alumni/ae News Online May 2016

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Robert Montgomery '53 has had two articles published recently. “Conversion and the Historic Spread of Religions” in The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion. Oxford University Press. 2014, and “Special Persons and the Spread of Religions” in Pastoral Psychology. June 2016. These articles came from his search for understanding the great variations in receptivity to religions, in particular the gospel of Jesus Christ, introduced from the outside of societies and were prompted by his experience among the very receptive aboriginals in Taiwan from 1956 to 1972.

Roland Perdue '59 is interim pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, NC. This is his twelfth interim position since his retirement in 1998.



Simeon Fulcher '64 retired as associate pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Honolulu, HI.



Harry Chronis '76 has retired in Knoxville, TN.

Joan Gray '76 is interim lead minister at First Presbyterian Church, Marietta, GA.

Al Masters '76, '91 (DMIN) is stated supply at Tyger River Presbyterian Church, Moore, SC.



Georgianna Brabban Johnson '80 is working as a pastoral counselor at Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Services in Norfolk, VA.

 Mark Jumper '82 is professor at Regent University School of Divinity, Virginia Beach, VA. He was recently named as that school’s Director of Master’s Programs. He recently completed a mission trip training Ukrainian military chaplains at Kiev Theological Seminary. These chaplains are regularly in front-line combat service. Regent University released this news story, while Christian Broadcasting Network-Emmanuel of Kiev released a video report that was broadcast in eastern Europe.

Jeffrey Gibson '83 (ThM) was appointed by the Most Reverend Archbishop of the Province of the West Indies and Bishop of Barbados to the position of Dean of the Cathedral of St. Michael and All Angels, effective February 1, 2016.

Joe Brice '85 retired from Providence Presbyterian Church, Dallas, GA.



Earl Smith '90, '00 (DMin) served as bridge interim pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Brandon, FL where he has been the parish associate since 2011. He now has the title of pastor emeritus.

Sara Burress '91 made her Perpetual Monastic Profession (“final vows”) as a Benedictine Sister at Sacred Heart Monastery,Cullman, AL.This ceremony caps a seven year discernment through the stages of initial monastic formation. She currently serves as director of pastoral care at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Birmingham, AL.

Greg McMinn '93 is contract call pastor at Hemphill Memorial Presbyterian Church, Stockbridge, GA.

John R. Ragsdale II '94 retired in Jacksonville, FL.

Beverly Ostrowski '95 has been honored as the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Professional of the year (2015).This award recognizes excellence and innovation and honors the efforts of individuals making a significant impact in the healthcare community.

Sallie McDaniel '98 (MATS) has retired, but still doing some Christian Education and consulting.



Ella Busby '00 (DMin) retired as pastor, Good Will Presbyterian Church, Mayesville, SC.

Luke Ponder '00 is pastor of First Trinity Presbyterian Church, Laurel, MS.

Jane Fahey '01 was pictured and quoted in the March 22 issue of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She was speaking against the “campus-carry” bill at a press conference of a coalition of ministers, rabbis and other “campus-carry” opponents who urged Georgia Governor Deal to veto the measure.

Blaine Hill '01 is associate pastor at Lake Murray Presbyterian Church, Chapin, SC.

Mary Ann McKibben Dana '03 has been named the recipient of the 2016 David Steele Distinguished Writer Award by the Presbyterian Writers Guild. She will receive the prestigious award at the Presbyterian Writers Guild’s General Assembly luncheon June 23 in Portland, OR.

Troy Bronsink '04 is director and founder of The Hive, a Center for Contemplation, Art and Action in Cincinnati, OH.

Brad Clayton '04 married Julianie Shirek April 23, 2016 in Charleston, SC.

Nick Reed '05 and Kathy Wolf Reed '09 are proud parents of Caroline Evans Reed born May 14, 2016, weighing 6 lbs. 12 oz.

Clay Thomas '05 received his Doctor of Ministry degree May 14, 2016 from Duke Divinity School.

Jessica Derise Zolondek '05 is assistant director of YWCA in Minot, ND. She

will transition to executive director in August.

James Goodlet '07 and wife Margaret are proud parents of daughter Louise Douglas Goodlet born March 22, 2016.

Paul Hoang '07 and wife Thao are proud parents  of son Joshua Hammi Hoang born March 23, 2016.

Glen Hunihan '07 will retire from Legacy Presbyterian Church, Frisco, TX, June 12, 2016.

Ashley-Anne Masters '07 is interim manager for spiritual care and the Heartlight program at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She is co-author of “Bless Her Heart: Life as a Young Clergywoman”, “Holding Hope: Grieving Pregnancy Loss During Advent” and contributor to “Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith.” A recent article “Ask a… Hospital Chaplain” appeared in the March 28, 2016 issue of Presbyterian Outlook.

Collin Adams '08 has accepted a call as pastor of Waverly Road Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, TN. He will begin in July.

Catherine Neelly Burton '08 and husband John are proud parents of Alice Crenshaw Burton, born February 20, 2016.

Emily Zeig Lindsey '08 and husband Rodney Lindsey are proud parents of twin daughters. Audrey Jayne Lindsey and Madelyn Jayde Lindsey arrived April 22, 2016.

Libby Shannon '08 is director of the Office for Advocacy and Gender Justice and associate chaplain at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL.

Lucy Waechter Webb '08 and Daniel Webb '08 are proud parents of Jude Edmon Waechter Webb, born March 23, 2016.

Brian Coulter '09 received his Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary May 7, 2016.

Emily Proctor '09 and Richard Proctor '09 are proud parents of Julian Thomas Proctor born March 16, 2016.



Brian Powers '10, '11 (ThM) received his PhD May 9, 2016 from Emory University, Atlanta.

Khalia Williams '11 is assistant dean of worship and music and assistant professor in the practice of worship at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta.

Evelyn McMullen '12 (DEdMin) is executive director of Bright Threads Ministries (weaving people of ALL abilities into the fabric of congregations) in Lakeland, FL.

James Davis '14 and wife Laura Hudson Davis '11, are proud parents of Jacob Robert Davis born April 21, 2016.

Lauren Peters '14 was ordained April 3, 2016 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Athens, GA. She is Campus Minister at Spring Hill Presbyterian Church, Mobile, AL.

Joshua Owens-Sweeney '14 and Anna Owens-Sweeney '16 were married April 2, 2016 in the chapel at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Kimberly Skeen '15 received a palliative care/hospice fellowship at Veteran’s Administration, Mountain Home, Johnson City, TN.

Bethany Benz-Whittington '15 was ordained and installed April 24, 2016 as Stated Supply at Peace Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, FL.

Matthew Benz-Whittington '15 will be ordained June 12, 2016 at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, Memphis, TN, He is a chaplain resident at Baptist Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL.


In Memoriam 

 E. Lane Alderman '80

 April 14, 2016

 J. Ferrell Drummond '88 (DMin)

 May 7, 2016

 Joseph E. Gamble '67

 March 28, 2016

 George A. Grissom '57

 August 19, 2015

 E. Moss Robertson '50

 February 19, 2016

 Martha V. Ross '67

 March 29, 2016

 Walter H. Styles '45

 June 4, 2015